August warmer and drier than average

August was drier than average, with just two-thirds of the normal August rainfall at Armagh Observatory.

Saturday, 10th September 2016, 7:42 am
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 4:22 pm
Blathnaid Donnelly(11) and her sister Dearbhla(9) from Tyrone enjoy some ice-cream ay the beach

It was also slightly warmer than average, with an average monthly temperature nearly 0.5 C higher than the most recent (1981-2010) 30-year average. Hours of strong sunshine was close to average.

Total precipitation was 52.65 mm (2.1 inches) including three trace values, which is approximately 64% of the long-term (1838-2010) average August precipitation at Armagh and 69% of the most recent (1981-2010) 30-year average.

This was the driest

August at Armagh for three years, that is, since August 2013. The wettest day was the 20th, with 11.4 mm (0.45 inches) of rainfall.

The mean monthly temperature was 15.8 degrees Celsius (60.5 F), approximately 1.2 degrees C warmer than the long-term (1796-2010) August average at Armagh, and nearly 0.5 C warmer than the most recent (1981-2010) 30-year August average. This was also the warmest August since 2013.